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Hearts of the Valley in Every SipFinally we will have our own Distillery in Renfrew County.

Renfrew County deserves to have our own locally produced spirits and I founded O’Kenny Craft Spirits to make that happen.
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It has been over 100 years since a licensed distillery was operating in Renfrew County.

In the 1800’s the lumber industry was booming and farmers were tilling their fertile newly cleared fields. Many villages like Beachburg or Douglas had several Hotels and most Hotels were licensed to make their own spirits.

Renfrew County has some of the best farmers in Ontario, Canada and even the world.

We come together at fairs and farm meetings and share resources and suppliers so it is natural to be close friends. When this website mentions Renfrew County Pride, remember that Pontiac Pride is just as strong. We welcome the chance to work with Pontiac producers as well to make O’Kenny craft Spirits.

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When I have gone to the Royal Winter Fair for 4-H or the Holstein Show it was easy to be intimidated. There were lots of big agricultural counties with higher populations and more farmland. It was a long trip to Toronto from my farm in Beachburg. Through the maze of the Toronto crowds I could not help but regularly bump into a Renfrew County neighbor, friend or relative that was competing in their various specialties.

I wondered what percent of Renfrew County’s population had travelled to Toronto in November to compete against the best in the province, or country. Who was left at home to milk the cows?!  Renfrew County produces some of the best agricultural products in the province, country and even the world. We prove that every year at the Royal.

Renfrew County does not need to ship our top quality grains to large multinational corporate distilleries along the great lakes so they can sell it back to us as expensive spirits. Renfrew County is home to the best skilled farmers in the world so it makes total sense that we can be home to the best skilled distillers in the world as well. These are lofty goals but I get encouraged every November when I hear of a local Renfrew County farmer taking home top honors from the Royal. If you know someone that would make a good distiller, send them our way.

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Don’t forget the Pontiac

The farmers of Renfrew County and the farmers of the Pontiac have always worked and played well together.

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We come together at fairs and farm meetings and share resources and suppliers so it is natural to be close friends. When this website mentions Renfrew County Pride, remember that Pontiac Pride is just as strong. We welcome the chance to work with Pontiac producers as well to make O’Kenny craft Spirits.

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We have the Ingredients for Greatness:

Reuben and Keanan Stone of Valley Bio have come on board to help O’Kenny reach our goal of using ingredients grown and processed in Renfrew County.

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Bio operates a grain conditioning plant in Cobden where local crops can be cleaned to their best quality. They are also well known for supplying high quality certified seed to local farmers. The Stones currently grow malt barley that can be malted and used in quality whiskeys and vodkas. This barley has tested to the highest standard and was recognized as the best quality malt barley in Ontario. The Stones have also been developing techniques for growing sugar beets here, which can eventually be used for production of O’Kenny Sugar Beet Rum.

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